The Little 500 is a commitment that cannot be taken lightly and something that the Sigma Chi riders dedicate themselves to every year. Training begins in the summer and continues right up until race day.
During the summer months the riders get out on the road as much as possible and build up their base miles. This is an essential time for the development of the riders and a great opportunity for them to get in a couple hundred miles each week.
Weekends are often spent participating in road races, track races and fast group rides in order to gain valuable experience riding in a group and competing against top competition. At the velodromes in Indianapolis and Chicago you can spot many top Little 500 riders working on their racing skills.
The team reunites in the fall and immediately gets to work. Their training begins with team rides as well as hard workouts in the weight room with strength and conditioning coach, Tom Morris. Southern Indiana is a beautiful place to ride and the team does its best to take advantage of the nice weather before winter sets in. The riders of Sigma Chi Racing spend more time on the hilly roads in and around Bloomington than the average IU senior spends at Kilroy's.
When the weather allows, the team will bundle up and make its way outdoors, but the majority of their time is spent in the ΣΧ training room on smart trainers and rollers. A continuing commitment to the weight room allows them to make huge gains in power and toughness. Winter break is a great time to head somewhere warm such as Florida for winter training camp. This is a highlight of the team's year as they spend some time with ΣΧ alumni and put in as much as 500 miles in a week. Plenty of good food and relaxing at the beach or pool help to revitalize the guys in between hard training rides. Up next are a few more months of work as the team begins to focus on their preparation for race day.
This is what it's all about!
The track opens and the team spends as much time as they can at Bill Armstrong Stadium. During spring break, the team may head back to Florida for another week of dedicated training, or stay in Bloomington to get in some more track time. Either way, spring break is an essential time to work on speed and exchanges because qualifications will be held the very next weekend. After Quals, the team spends more time training at the track and focusing on the upcoming Spring Series events (Individual Time Trials, Miss 'N Out, and Team Pursuit).
Then, finally -- it's That One Day in April, and all the hard work will be put to the test!